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Mar 20, 2012 9:00pm PDT
winning louisiana on saturday, i might add. >> i am a much better debater than iert romney or santorum. >> each day, we move closer not just to victory, but to a better america. join us. join us. together, we're going to ensure that america's greatest days are still ahead. >> the battle of the gop. this is piers morgan tonight. >> good evening. it's a big night for mitt romney. let's take a look at tonight's results. romney way ahead in the lead. listen to a tough talking mitt romney. >> so tonight was a primary. but november is the general election. and we're going to face a defining decision as a people. our choice will not be about party or even personality. this election will be about principle. our economic freedom will be on the ballot. i'm running for president because i have the experience and the vision to get us out of this mess. >> so mitt romney rolls in illinois. a crucial win for him. here to talk about it is cnn's top team. >> i think a pretty significant night for mitt romney. in the general context, are we nearing the tipping point? >> yes, i think it's a very present
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Mar 20, 2012 5:00pm PDT
poll, said they had just voted for mitt romney. 35% for rick santorum. 12% for newt gingrich. 8% for ron paul. remember. this is still the early exit polls. very soon we're going to be getting more numbers. we're not yet able to make a projection based on these first round, second round of these exit polls. we're getting more. let me walk over to john king and explain what's going on. no projection yet. but it seems at least according to the early exit polls information, the new numbers in the exit polls are still coming in. looks like it's going to be a good night for mitt romney. >> every reason to believe that governor romney will win the state of illinois. if you've been with us through past primary nights, the people who just finished voting talking to the exit polls now. santorum does better in that lastaway. and often senator santorum has overperformed his last poll numbers. >> we're being cautious. >> we'd rather get it right than wrong. we can tell things if we look at the electorate today. we've seen this in some other states. nearly 4 in 10 voters today say beating pr
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Mar 4, 2012 1:00pm PST
. front-runner mitt romney is in georgia today, a state with 76 delegates, the most of any super tuesday state. and rick santorum, newt gingrich and ron paul all making the rounds on the sunday morning talk shows. today, ten states are holding primaries and caucuses on tuesday with a whopping 419 delegates at stake. that's the most delegates up for grabs on any single day of the primary season. the contenders need 1,144 delegates in all to clinch the gop nomination. and here's where they stand. romney has 182 delegates. santorum has 79. newt gingrich with 39. and paul with 38. mitt romney now has the backing of two top conservatives in congress. how majority leader eric cantor. and tom coburn. >> i look to super tuesday, i look to mitt romney winning all of virginia's delegates and, in fact, i cast my vote already in virginia for mitt romney, and i'm here today to tell you that i'm endorsing mitt romney in his candidacy for the presidency of the united states. >> senator coburn endorsed romney today in an op-ed piece in the oklahoman. romney is also celebrating a victory in washington st
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Mar 6, 2012 4:00pm PST
so perhaps among some southern evangelicals, mitt romney's mormon faith could be an issue. wolf? >> three states at the top of the hour will be closing their polls. and within a few seconds. standby, and we will share exactly what we know at the top of the hour. we are watching georgia. georgia, very much on our minds georgia, very much on our minds right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> and we can make the first projection of the night. newt gingrich the former speaker of the house wins georgia. this was expected and all of the polls showing he had a substantial lead, but we can now formally project that newt gingrich will win georgia. 76 delegates at stake. we cannot yet make a formal projection with two other states closing right now. virginia and vermont. although, mitt romney is significantly ahead according to the exit polls in both of the states. we want to get more information in both of the states before we make a formal projection, but right now, we can't make that. mitt romney though significant ahead in both virginia and vermont. standby, and we will be
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Mar 13, 2012 7:00pm PDT
for the white house. >> tonight, a new nigfight for deep south with jabs at romney's soft spot. >> i'm learning to say y'all. >> two rivals jump at another chance to trip up the front runner. >> unlike one of my competitors i have had grits before. >> and knock each other out. >> i would like everyone to drop out. >> will all four candidates still be standing after three new contests in alabama, mississippi, and hawaii? it's america's choice. mitt romney is the clear leader in the delegate race, but he's still a long way from claiming the nomination. >> we're counting up the delegates for the convention, it looks good. and we're counting down the days november, and that looks even better. >> rick santorum is giving romney a run for his money after cutting into his super tuesday win. >> we have won in the west, the midwest, and the south, and we're ready to win across this country. >> newt gingrich with proven appeal in the south, thinks this could be his night. >> if we win alabama and mississippi on tuesday, for about the ninth time, the news media will suddenly be reporting a new race. >> the
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Mar 13, 2012 4:00pm PDT
if the mitt romney can close up the gop nomination or somebody has a sudden death moment. is it the mitt night or not? we will ask the chairman of his campaign, tim pawlenty. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everybody, i'm erin burnett and "outfront" we are counting down and it is game time. it is the political game going on tonight. the republican candidate goesing for the deep south and we have big prizes up for grabs, mi mississippi and alabama, and the total delegates at stake tonight in those two states is 84. if you are keeping track, more than 8 million votes nationwide have been cast in 26 primaries and caucuses so far. the horse race over the past several days has been truly tightening for the states up for grabs the night, and sit down to the wire. we are less than an hour away from the polls closing and will it be sudden death for one of the four candidates to give this country a little clarity of who is in and who might be out of what is a roller coaster race? can newt gingrich rise again as we call canned we called it the triple lazarus. and a bad night for newt gingrich cou
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Mar 14, 2012 12:00am PDT
, this is a very significant night for rick santorum. just when so many of the so-called experts were saying romney had it all but done, not is fast. >> could romney lock it up or another revival for newt gingrich. he loses in the two south states. he says he's staying in. now the questions are can santorum find a path to challenge romney? it would be easier if gingrich gets out. the math, the rules, the history. everything tells you it's still romney over the long hall into may and june. but you know what? our politics have been outside the rules. we elected our first african-american president. the tea party movement came out of nowhere. so let's watch. santorum's going to puerto rico. then we have a big primary in illinois. back to the midwest where if you look at the demographics, should be a romney state. >> puerto rico is this coming sunday. >> huge. >> and then illinois is a week from now on tuesday. >> i think i need to go to cover it. >> in fairness to mitt romney, he's still away head in the delegate count. he's got more than all of the other candidates combined so far. >> and this isn't
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Mar 20, 2012 6:00pm PDT
" at 10:00. "piers morgan tonight" starts now. >> thanks, anderson. big night for mitt romney in illinois based on exit polls and early votes. romney is the winner by double digits. much more of that in a moment. but look at the numbers. romney in the lead at 54%. santorum at 28%. ron paul and gingrich a distant third and fourth. we're waiting on mitt romney to speak now and second place rick santorum will also be speaking. we'll look ahead to the next stop on the primary sale. louisiana on saturday. and maryland, wisconsin, and d.c. on april 3rd. cnn's top team, wolf blitzer and john king. and gloria borger and david gergen. promoted to new york tonight. >> happy to be here. >> let's start with wolf. looks like a big win for mitt romney. how significant is illinois to his general campaign? >> if he stays above 50% in this vote in illinois, it'll be very significant. illinois being a very important state because of its population, the diversity. it's a big state. a lot of delegates at stake. he's going to do really well in illinois. clearly come out with the most delegates. rick santorum,
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Mar 14, 2012 3:00pm PDT
dramatic southern sweep, mitt romney's camp insists santorum can only stall not block romney's path to victory. the defense secretary gets a first-hand look at the garage aisle afghan mission just as we get word the argentina end who allegedly gunned down 16 afghan civilians was flown out of that country tonight. >>> president obama says regime change in syria is a question of when not if. president assad isn't listening, pressing a crackdown on the south keeping that city from south keeping that city from anti-government rebels. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> first some major international news tonight. a scary moment as the defense secretary leon panetta arrived to afghanistan. an afghan vehicle drove onto the runway area of a military base and set it afire. just as panetta's plane was landing. another major security breach but pentagon officials say no explosives were found in the vehicle and secretary panetta went on with his schedule, which includes a face-to-face promise to the afghan president hamid karzai for a thorough investigation of the shooting rampage blamed
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Mar 13, 2012 10:00pm PDT
santorum a lot of credit. he was outspent big time by mitt romney. but look. he's the winner in mississippi and alabama. twin victories of significant boost a setback for the front runner mitt romney as well as for newt gingrich. now attention turns to the next contest in puerto rico on sunday and illinois next tuesday. we'll, of course, have complete coverage. thanks very much for joining us. i'm wolf blitzer sitting in for piers morgan. piers morgan. the news continues on cnn. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> a special edition of "out front" tonight. a huge victory for rick santorum. calling mississippi for the pennsylvania senator. that's after we called alabama for santorum earlier tonight. the candidate spoke just moments ago. ain't no doubt about it. he is taking his momentum into the next contests. >> we will compete everywhere. we will compete everywhere. the time is now for conservatives to pull together. the time is now to make sure -- to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election and the best chance to win this election is to nominate a co
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Mar 13, 2012 11:00pm PDT
, governor romney, have opposed what's called comprehensive immigration reform. allowing children of illegal immigrants to get benefits from the dream act so they can go to college and stay in the united >> we are american citizens and it's an issue that we need to address as a nation and i am homeful they will be addressed appropriately. >> there is speculation that you, governor, you are very popular and you could be a vice presidential running mate for mitt romney or rick santorum. he said nice things about you. what do you think about that? >> let me tell you, i believe the republican party has done a good job in reaching out to the hispanic community, however we need to do more. it is not about the faces that actually are going to be seen in our ticket in november. it's about the values that will be behind those faces. the hispanic community share many values with the republican party. we have to stress those rarlz f regardless of who appears on our ticket. >> do you like the idea of a vice presidential ticket? >> i love my job and i want to stay here if i can and i enjoy what i'm doin
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Mar 13, 2012 8:00pm PDT
in these two states, we are already impacting the national debate on a scale that all of romney's ad money hasn't achieved. and we're doing it because ideas matter. being able to make a principle case matters. the reagan tradition of visionary conservatism was based on proverbs and the deep believe that without vision people perish. and i believe we need a visionary leader who is prepared to talk about a dramatically better future with dramatically more jobs, more energy, and a safer and stronger america. that's the key to winning this fall. not all this petty baloney, but the really big choices. and as i went around both states talking about $2.50 gasoline, having all sorts of folks in the elite media saying that's not possible, and finally on saturday in the "wall street journal" they wrote a piece that is entitled "newt gingrich is right about gasoline." and he walked through step by step why it's possible. and the fact is it's very possible. and then yesterday, steven moore reported in the "wall street journal," numbers are so amaz g amazing, the fact i want to about substance is what make
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Mar 10, 2012 3:00pm PST
." the republican race for the white house moves to the deep south, posing new challenges for mitt romney. >>> also a raw look at the horror unfolding in syria. we previewed the upcoming cnn documentary "72 hours under fire." >>> plus an african warlord accused of unspeakable atrocities. now a viral video is calling for his capture, tens of millions of people have already watched it. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." rk vk -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >> all that coming up, but now we get the latest on the kansas republican caucuses. >> i'm don lemon at the cnn newsroom. kansas takes the spotlight in the republican race today. cnn is projecting that rick santorum has won the kansas caucuses. here's the totals here, check them out with nearly all the caucus votes counted, santorum won easily there. he has 51%. romney has a distant second at 21%. kansas is a conservative state with a strong evangelical vote, both playing to santorum's strengths. we bring in chief political correspondent candy crowley jo
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Mar 6, 2012 11:00pm PST
about mitt romney as this republican race moves forward? >> tonight, mitt romney and rick santorum divide the super tuesday spoils. romney scoring wins in vermont, virginia, massachusetts, idaho. and the night's biggest battleground, ohio. we're going to take your vote and take that victory all the way to the white house. >> santorum claiming victory in tennessee, oklahoma, and north dakota. >> this was a big night. we have won in the west, the midwest, and the south, and we're ready to win across this country. >> republicans in ten states have their say. hundreds of delegates are being awarded to night. will the gop field change in any big way ones the super tuesday dust settles. this campaign isn't over. more than half the states haven't voted. and no one has the gop nomination locked up yet. >>> welcome. ten states. four contenders. no knockouts. in ohio one cliffhanger went into the early hours. cnn projecting ohio will go to mitt romney. the state up on the map in romney red, massachusetts, vermont, virginia, and idaho. rick santorum in purple scoring victories in north dakota
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Mar 20, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. >>> it is a big night. the illinois primary. will mitt romney finally get it done? if he wins big, what's next for rick santorum and newt gingrich? >>> and republican budget man paul ryan youth fron"outfront." he says he's open to a trillion ondollars of new revenue. >>> let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight -- pressure is on. polls in illinois close in less than an hour. we are in countdown mode after a couple of bruising weeks on the campaign trail and two major losses to rick santorum, of course in alabama and mississippi. mitt romney has to prove he can seal the deal tonight. 69 delegates in the state. it is the second-largest delegate grab to date. to get to the magic number of 1,144 needed to clinch the nomination, mitt romney needs every win he can get. we'll go through the delegate map in a minute. it is a little more come plifktplifk pli krichlt. >>> can romney made in-roads with traditional evangelicals and tea party supporters? we'll get all that information font from our exit poll. >>> two, will santorum surprise? the latest poll actually shows
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Mar 6, 2012 3:00pm PST
's choice. and it's super tuesday. mrz mo mitt romney needs to finally prove he can close the deal with voters and rick santorum needs to move prove he can stop him. >> everyone is going out here scrapping and clawing. and we're doing all right. >> this may be newt gingrich's last chance for a campaign comeback. >> i'm not a team player. i'm a change agent. >> and ron paul's biggest chance to pick off more delegates. >> we do know that the strategy of building up delegates is a pretty sound position to have. >> will any one candidate emerge as the big super tuesday winner or loser? republicans are choosing. the world is watching. and nothing in this election compares to what's happening right now. >>> welcome to the cnn election sent they are special edition of "john king usa." there's a gold mine of delegates at stake right now. 400 that stretch from vermont to alaska and something that may be just as valuable, a chance for the republican candidates to prove they can win on a big national playing field. live picture from fargo, north dakota. people gathering right now for a huge r
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Mar 18, 2012 1:00pm PDT
just say off the top also, we're actually at a mitt romney event waiting for him to come in. but to your point about rick santorum and those comments about english only, it is something that enflames passions on both sides. in terms of conservative circles, fred, conservatives feel like english should be the language of the land. it is just one of the enduring conservative ideals, right? and when he said that in puerto rico, he was then asked about it a little later and he stood by it, didn't really back down from it too much, but a lot of people in puerto rico and beyond, latinos back here in the u.s., it raised a lot of eyebrows. one puerto rican official said that it was a very limiting and narrow view and when you couple that, fred, couple that with some people who feel like republicans have been taking some very hard line anti-latino -- a hard line against issues that latinos care about, take illegal immigration, a lot of republicans say they want to deport illegal aliens or people who have been living here in the u.s. for a while, sonia sotomayor, the supreme court jus
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Mar 7, 2012 1:00am PST
's such a super day. super tuesday has become super wednesday. mitt romney racking up six super states, including that classic cliff hanger in ohio. he's kind of talking like it's over, but did he land that knockout blow? >> no. >> if your support really means everything to ann and me, and i'm not going to let you down. i'm going to get this nomination. >> while rick santorum wins three states because mitt romney still cannot convince conservatives that he's the man. we're taking a look at the exit polls. this is my favorite part actually. different numbers are revealing some big problems for the front-runner. christine romans is breaking it all down. she's going to talk about electability and the economy and what folks are saying about that. >> i'm not sure it's my favorite part because the information is so revealing or whether it's christine romans, who's my favorite person. we're going to get to her in a moment. but after taking the most states and the most delegates on super tuesday, mitt romney walking the walk and talking the talk, pretty much looking like the nominee, but all candidates a
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Mar 20, 2012 7:00pm PDT
of the race. the reason that mitt romney has the most delegates is because he as the most votes and the reason is because he has the best pro jobs message. >> you have been generous, but we have to leave it there. we'll be back at midnight for more updates. >>> thank you very much. it's 10:00 here in the east. 9:00 central time in illinois. mitt romney has won a convincing primary victory over rick santor santorum. barely mentioning him, but directing his comments at president obama. >> three years of barack obama have brought us fewer jobs and many paychecks and we're in danger of losing something more than the value of our homes and 401(k)s. after years of too many apologies, historic drops in incomes and historic highs in gas prices a president who doesn't hesitate to use all the means necessary to force through obamacare on the american public, but leads from behind in the world. it's time to say these words -- this word -- enough. >> rick santorum also spoke from gettysburg in his home state, pennsylvania. >> i said throughout the course of this campaign, while other issues are certainly
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Mar 12, 2012 3:00pm PDT
romney here in the "situation room." until then, i'm wolf blitzer in the "situation room." the news continues next on cnn. >>> good evening, i'm john king from the cnn election center. tonight, to southern states are too close to call. gas prices are up, again. as you pay at the pump, president obama is paying at the polls, dearly. >>> women and children found with their throats slit. russia and china should look at the images and stop blocking the global response. >>> we begin with another dramatic news story. new details about the veteran army staff sergeant accused of the unthinkable. walking off base and executing 16 civilians, nine of them children. the sergeant is a qualified sniper trained to hit and kill people at a distance of eight football fields. let's go to chris lawrence. what else do we know about this accused gunman? >> he's a combat veteran that did three tours in iraq. on the last tour in 2010, his vehicle rolled over. he suffered a traumatic brain injury. the army treated him for that. he was diagnosed and declared fit for duty. he's a married man, a father of two
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Mar 20, 2012 3:00pm PDT
of "state of the union" candy crowley with the romney campaign in suburban chicago. you're with that campaign because the romney campaign is expecting a win. what is their biggest expectation there bottom line tonight? >> reporter: the bottom line is they'd like to win the state. they do believe they are going to win this state. the margin they think could help them enormously, if it's a big margin. this they think would be a signal to the folks they'd like to help them wrap this up. we began to hear mitt romney after ohio talk about bringing the party together. they really would like some outside help on that, but then we had the southern primaries in alabama and mississippi where you didn't win so there's the question mark over his head. they would like to take that question mark down here with a big win in illinois, and that is certainly what they're hoping to do. we're not seeing a heck of a lot of turnout up here in the chicago area and sort of the collars they call it around chicago which is where most of the republican votes come from, which should be the friendli
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Mar 11, 2012 1:00pm PDT
hold their primaries the next 48 hours. rick santorum and mitt romney, the latest polling shows an extremely tight race between the three candidates in alabama. and here's the most recent snapshot in mississippi. an american research poll shows gingrich leading there, but still in a statistical dead heat with romney. and in the overall delegate hunt, romney remains the clear front-runner. santorum is in second place with 203, followed by gingrich with 118 and paul trailing the back with 56 delegates. >>> mississippi voters are getting a lot of face time with the candidates. today rick santorum says that restaurants in -- newt gingrich attends a search service in the town of brandon followed by a campaign rally. both appeared on a sunday morning talk shows and asked about their chances come tuesday. >> we're looking of the a clean sweep you think on tuesday in the south ". >> it's a pretty tough battle ground down there, it's newt's background, we're out there running the insurgent campaign, and all the polls show us -- we'll be in alabama tomorrow and we're just going to hustle.
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Mar 25, 2012 1:00pm PDT
, capturing 49% of the vote. mitt romney came in a distant second with 27%. newt gingrich's southern roots, it didn't help him in this state. he got just 16% of the vote. ron paul trailed the pack with 6%. louisiana hands out its 20 delegates proportionately, and santorum walks away with half of them. >> thank you very much. you have come through, and come through in a big way. and on behalf of my family, and all the people up here who have gathered with us tonight here in green bay, wisconsin, just let me thank you for making a very clear and crisp statement. and that is that you don't believe as the pundits have said that this race is over. you didn't get the memo that the rest -- [ cheers and applause ] >> but santorum's convincing win in louisiana doesn't do much to change the delicate map. mitt romney has 568 delegates. more than double santorum's count. gingrich has 137. and paul has won just 71 delegates. so a big catch-up game for rick santorum in the weeks ahead. let's go to new orleans right now. mary mat elin, good to see you. i love the bright colors there. does santorum's win,
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Mar 7, 2012 3:00pm PST
supertuesday leaves mitt romney with a delegate lead his team says unsurmountable. who deserves a one on one shot at the frontrunner. >>> plus israel's ambassador to the united states tells me more negotiations with iran may give tehran the time it needs to finish building a nuclear weapon. >>> republicans pounce as the defense secretary says the obama white house would seek "international permission before using military force to stop the using military force to stop the bloodshed in syria." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> the new post-super tuesday reality in the republican race. a few things are obvious. mitt romney for example is the clear and undisputed frontrunner but a front run where giant question marks. ten states voted last night and romney won six including the big contested battle ground of ohio. the math now very much on his side. romney's 429 delegates are more than all of his three rivals combined. and they put him almost 40% of the way to the magic number required to clinch the nomination. 23 states have now weighed in on the republican race. and romney has won a c
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Mar 21, 2012 3:00pm PDT
romney at what should be a shining moment. >>> again, tonight, we will show you right here, live protest in new york city for what's being called quote, the million hoodie march, a reference to the hoodie trayvon martin was wearing when he was shot and killed in sanford, florida. new calls for the arrest of a noob hood watch volunteer that shot and killed the 17-year-old boy. martin was unarmed, walking from a convenience store to the home of his father's fiancee last month in sanford near orlando when george zimmerman shot him. he says he fired in self-defense after he felt threatened. something he would be entitled to do under florida law. today on cnn, one of zimmerman's neighbors came to his defense. >> george zimmerman is a good dude. he is straight up. that's why i am front-runner for him today. i, myself, credit george for thwarting a burglary to my own house. >> members of trayvon martin's family blame racial profiling for his death. the stanford police department is being scrutinized. police questioned the shooter after the shooting but didn't arrest him. today rg trayvon martin
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Mar 5, 2012 3:00pm PST
part how best to stop iran's nuclear program. plus the biggest day of the 2012 campaign so far. romney's rivals sharpen the attacks fearing a big super tuesday could give him an insurmountable lead. and a pay for pain rocks the nfl. a coach now under investigation and who sees nothing wrong with offering cash bounties for bone-jarring hits. we begin with the growing crisis affecting what you pay at the gas pump and casts a big shadow over obama's hopes for re-election. just a day after dismissing what he called loose talk of war with iran, he sat down with benjamin netanyahu. at the top of their agenda, talk that israel may soon attack iran's nuclear sites. jessica yellin working sources all day. take us inside three hours of talks and a working lunch later, what do we know? >> reporter: we're told the prime minister and the president within their three hours had 30 minutes when they were one-on-one. none of us will know really what they talked about when they were alone together. but the most pressing question, did they discuss red lines, and we are told by u.s. and israeli officials
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Mar 8, 2012 12:00am PST
." >>> tonight, gop death match. mitt romney says he's in it to win it. >> we're counting up the delegates for the convention. it looks good. we're counting down the days until november and that looks even better. >> rick santorum says he won't drop out. >> we're in this race to stay. >> what will it take for someone to nail this down? i'll ask campaign insiders how far they'll go to get the nomination. also a woman who knows exactly how tough it is to run for the white house. >> anything and everything can happen in a political race. having been there ourselves, don't count anybody out until the race is over. >> cindy mccain, her take on the race and her life outside of politics and a hot new movie "game change." >>> only in america. nap time for newt gingrich. the long cam has taken its toll. this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening. the big story tonight why can't the gop make up its mind? mitt romney won the key state of ohio last night but barely. he took the top spot in the total of six super tuesday states but he's quite a long way from sewing up the nomination. he put a positiv
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Mar 13, 2012 3:00pm PDT
in the roller coaster republican presidential race. will alabama and mississippi submit mitt romney as the head. >>> let's begin with the latest round of voting. four contests in all tonight. hawaii and american samoa also casting ballots. most of the attention focused on alabama and mississippi. late polls in both states showed races too close to call. our exit polls also suggest a fierce competition in both states with conservative support. early exit polling, we'll bring this over for you. here we are in the state of mississippi tonight. voters were asked as they went to the polls. what's the most important candidate quality. you can see more than four in ten republican voters in the state of mississippi today say their number one priority is beating president obama in november. about 20% say they want a true conservative. 20% say strong moral character matters most to them. look at the state of alabama. same question. what's the most important candidate quality? little lower number there about four in ten say the most important thing they want is a candidate who can defeat president obama,
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Mar 21, 2012 1:00pm PDT
blitzer. wolf! >> don, thanks very much. happening now, mitt romney and the etch-a-sketch. an off hand remark goes viral. new ammunition. >> a hezbollah threat in the united states. one u.s. lawmaker says it is right here in the u.s. and the possibility of an attack, he says, is real. and broken toilets turn a 13-hour flight into a two-day odyssey leaving hundreds of passengers trapped in alaska. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> major new backing and a brewing new controversy for the republican presidential candidate mitt romney. he's picked up one of the most sought-after endorsements of the campaign, but a remark by one of his top aides is now threatening to overshadow it. our national political correspondent jim acosta is with romney who is holding a town hall meeting outside baltimore. jim, what happened? >> reporter: wolf, as you just mentioned mitt romney is about to hold a town hall meeting just outside of baltimore. the maryland primary is coming up in about a week and a half, but mitt romney can take comfort in the fac
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Mar 13, 2012 1:00pm PDT
live. mitt romney, what is at stake for him tonight? plus the civilian massacre, blunt language from president obama, while new information about the soldier suspect is revealed. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> the republican race for the white house is all tied up in mississippi and alabama, most primary polls close in four hours. those contests could go anywhere. . what's happens in lafayette, jim? >> the primaries are, all three candidates have a serious shot at taking the checkered flack, all at least at risk for a maybe blowout. with the deep vow. >> reporter: confident that primaries in mississippi and alabama could put him in the gop's driver's seat -- >> under the obama economy, it's been harder these are crushing a lot of people. >> romney has good wins to, and victories by newt ging rich could be just as damaging. >> reporter: he's making the case that the race won't be settled in the south. >> it can be different for anyone to get to the number of delegates with the majority of the convention. >> they laughed that off in an e-mail to reporters, saying
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Mar 3, 2012 3:00pm PST
correspondent jim acosta is following mitt romney. jim, what are you hearing from the romney campaign? what's their realistic objective come tuesday? >> reporter: well, their realistic objective come tuesday is to win as many delegates as possible. and that is what this campaign is about right now. and it's about delegates, delegates, delegates. we're standing outside of a romney event in bellevue, washington, just outside of seattle where the romney campaign put out these flyers instructing caucusgoers in the state on how to participate in their caucuses on saturday and basically because it's all about winning as many delegates as possible. the romney campaign advisers were telling reporters over the last several days that they're not only focusing on individual states, they're looking at individual congressional districts inside those states because as we all know, a lot of these states that are going to be voting on super tuesday will be allocating their delegates on a proportional basis and on a basis that is driven largely by these congressional districts. so in some cases, wolf, they
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Mar 20, 2012 10:00pm PDT
great. that's all for us tonight. good night. >> tonight, illinois is romney country. mitt romney has won a convincing primary victory over rick santorum. barely mentioning him, but directing his words mainly at president obama and the economy. >> three years of barack obama have brought us fewer jobs and shrinking paychecks. many of us believe we were years. historic drops in income and historic rise in gas prices. a president who doesn't hesitate to use all the means necessary to force through obama care, but leads from behind in the world. it's time to say these words. enough. >> rick santorum also spoke from gettysburg in his home state of pennsylvania. >> i said throughout the course of this campaign, while other issues are certainly important, economy, joblessness, national security concerns, the family, the issue of life, all of these issues are important. but the foundational issue in this race, if one that is, in fact, the cause of the other maladies that we are feeling, whether it's in the economy or whether it's in the budget crisis that we're dealing with. all boils down t
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Mar 7, 2012 6:00am PST
last week, rick santorum's coalition is broad enough to threaten mitt romney but not broad enough to beat him. he has to reach beyond what he's getting now in order to make this into a race. >> big thank you to our panelists. reminder on friday we'll be live by southwest. you can join us there. we'll be panelling obviously music, film, and interactive festival. i'll be on a panel. if you want to check out what we were talking about during the commercial breaks, stuff we haven't edited out, go to our blog, cnn.com/starting point. carol costello, good morning. carol costello, good morning. >> good morning, soledad. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> the morning after super tuesday, the votes are in. the jury is still out. three-way split among the republican presidential candidates. newt gingrich wins his former home state of georgia which he said was essential. mitt romney captures six states claiming the mathematical victory and rick santorum boasts mow men it up, captures three states and barely losing the bell weather state of ohio. >> this was a big night tonight. lots o
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Mar 20, 2012 8:00pm PDT
romney wins in illinois. it was big. but was it big enough? and what do tonight's results mean for rick santorum? >>> and the u.s. military conducts a simulation, what would an israeli attack on iran mean for america? let's go out. >>> good evening, i'm erin burr nut. "out front" we have breaking news. a big win for romney in illinois. he needed to win it after a few bruising weeks on the trail. and let the room -- at the romney campaign headquarter, new jabs at president obama. >> we once built an interstate highway system and the hoover dam. now we can't even build a pipeline. i mean, we once lit the world in manufacturing and exports and now we lead in lawsuits. when we replace the president, that's going to end. >> and rick santorum looking less cheerful, but trying to stay on message. >> we must do out and fight this fight. that's why we must go out in and nominate someone. and understands not just because some pollster tells them, they know in their gut like you do, all across this country, you know big things are adrift and at stake in this election. so i ask each and every one o
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Mar 28, 2012 3:00pm PDT
. the obama campaign takes no chances sending vice president biden back out to hammer mitt romney. the supreme court wraps up three days of high-stakes debate about the obama health care law. some parts are overturned, what will congress do? >>> up first, some dramatic breaking news. new details of jetblue flight 191 and new federal charges against the pilot alleged to have gone on a rampage and screamed about a bomb on boar. captain clayton osborn is accused of interfering with the flight crew. listen to this outburst captured bypass jers. >> oh, my god, imso distraught. we've got israel. we've got iraq. >> lizzie has been pouring over this new affidavit. >> a lot of details are eyebrow raising. it walks us through what happened in the cockpit and the cabin. what you realize is that pretty quickly, the first officer had a sense something wasn't quite right. i want to read to you a couple parts of the affidavit after cruising cruisi cruising altitude. he yelled over the radio to air traffic control and instructed them to be quiet, turned off the radios and started dimming the mon stores and ad
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Mar 29, 2012 3:00pm PDT
speaks to our anderson cooper. mitt romney picks up two big endorsements, we're learning of a secret meeting with rival newt gingrich. tonight for the first time, cnn can give you an eyewitness account of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old trayvon martin. our anderson cooper spoke to this eyewitness just moments ago. >> what did you observe after the shot? >> as i said, it was dark. but after the shot, obviously someone -- the man got up, and it was kind of like that period of him -- i can't say i actually watched him get up, but maybe only within a couple seconds or so, then he was walking towards where i was watching, and i could see him a little bit clearer and see it was a hispanic man, and he was -- he didn't appear hurt or anything else. he just kind of seemed very -- i guess the term -- very worried or whatever, walked on the sidewalk at that point, his hand up to his forehead. and then another man came out with a flashlight. >> senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin joins us. you went to visit with the anderson cooper staff and heard more about the interview. he said it was a his
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Mar 1, 2012 3:00pm PST
shooter and a hero who stopped the carnage speaks out. rick santorum says mitt romney failed a critical conservative gut check. if your boss opposes contraception can he or she make sure your health plan won't sure your health plan won't cover it? -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we're hearing the first humble words of a hero football coach who helped stop the shooting rampage at ohio's chardon high school. three students died, two others were hurt. it was coach frank hall who chased the accused gunman off campus. >> to the victims families i want to say i'm sorry. my thoughts and prayers are still with you. to the families of danny, demetrius, and russell, i want want you to know i was with them. i prayed with them. i wiped their tears. i know god was with them. i don't know why this happened, i only wish i could have done more. i'm not a hero, just a football coach and a study hall teacher. >> coach hall is a hero. the suspect, t.j. lane, is facing three counts of aggravated murder among other serious charges. cnn's ted rolands was at the high school the first time the studen
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Mar 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
romney today, congressman paul ryan. the wisconsin representative says that romney is the right person to beat the president come november. he is also asking the party to rally around the former massachusetts governor. >> i have two criteria i am using to make my decision to vote in our primary tuesday. who is the best person to be president, who will make the best president, and who has the best chance of defeating barack obama. and in my opinion, mitt romney is clearly that person. >> we'll have more on paul ryan's endorsement and what this could mean for romney later in the show. >>> romney also got former president george h.w. bush's endorsement, but it also came with kind of an awkward moment. a reporter asked romney if george w. bush would also be endorsing him, and it put the former massachusetts governor in a little bit of a pickle, especially when bush sr. asked him, has he endorsed you? we'll have the details of that conversation for you a little bit later in "fair game." >>> israel is on high alert as hundreds of thousands of people, mainly arabs and palestinians, are floodi
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Mar 6, 2012 1:00pm PST
the primaries and -- three of then last week, certainly romney could leave some of the -- but the most important prize today is ohio. our latest cnn poll shows romney is neck and neck with rick santorum who needs a big day of his own. let's go straight to jim acosta. he's on the scene for us in ohio. what's the latest there, jim? >> reporter: wolf, ohio mike the marquee state in the super tuesday states up for grabs, but you wouldn't know it. none of the candidates were out in the state looking for votes, but rick santorum will be in steubenville, ohio later tonight with the hope that mitt romney's past will finally catch up with him. >> i'm sorry my super tuesday travel schedule prevents me from being with you in person. >> and the -- mitt romney appeared via satellite before a conference staysed bied pro-israeli lobby aipac, slamming the president's record. >> hope is not a foreign policy. >> reporter: not to be outdowned rick went in person. >> if they do notary down the facilities, we will tear them down ourselves. >> reporter: while the candidates were off the trail, the ads did some trash
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Mar 17, 2012 3:00pm PDT
." three days, two primaries, and all eyes on mitt romney and rick santorum, as they battle for puerto rico and illinois. races that add even more volatility to the tumultuous republican race for the white house. >>> one year into the syrian uprising, some of the most disturbing images yet as the government's slaughter of its own people escalates. >>> plus, the ultimate resignation letter, a goldman sachs executive airs the company's dirtiest laundry in a "new york times" opinion piece calling his former employer togsic atogs toxic and destructive. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley. welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world with. you're in "the situation room." puerto rico isn't often a hotbed of american politics but certainly is right now sunday's republican presidential primary looming. 20 delegates are up for grabs and as mitt romney and rick santorum will be the first to tell you, every one of those delegateses koubt es counts. jim acosta is watching it unfold for us in san juan. you had the opportunity to see both of these candidates, jim. >> reporter: that's right,
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Mar 7, 2012 5:00pm PST
if i didn't ask about super tuesday's results. governor romney won the big prize, ohio. do you believe the time has come for other candidates to now get out of the race? >> i would hope so, but i can't tell the other candidates what they should do. they have to make their own decisions. i'm aware how tough an environment this is and so they have to make up their own minds. it is a fact that the longer this drags out, the higher the negatives of mitt romney and the harder it will be to win the election in november. that's just fundamental facts. >> governor palin was on cnn last night saying she would leave the door open to her name being placed into nomination if there was a contested convent n convention. what was your reaction to that? >> glad to see that sarah is still willing to get into the arena. i greatly admire and respect her. sarah, i view it with great interest your comment last night. i also think that, you know, that this thing is going to be resolved hopefully sooner for mitt romney than later. >> senator mccain, i always appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you, an
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Mar 18, 2012 8:00am PDT
romney after a pair of victories by rick santorum, and many prodding newt gingrich, again, to quit the race, and what about santorum's charge that fox news is schilling for romney? plus, comedian ali wentworth on her new show. her marriage to george stephanopoulos, and how the president reacted when he heard she would be entertaining at the white house. >> obama said, ali wentworth, isn't she inappropriate? which in my world is a huge compliment. >> huge. i'm howard kurtz, and this is "reliable sources." >> it was the most popular episode in the history of this american life. public radio reported on alleged abuses at a chinese factory that makes ipads and iphones. it relied heavily on one-man performance artist mike daisy. hurz hoe ira glass put it. >> when i saw mike daisy perform this story on stage, when i left the theater, i had a lot of the questions. i mean, he is nott a reporter, and i wondered did he get it right? and so we've actually spent a few weeks checking everything that he says in his show. then the workers start coming in. they come in in twos and threes and fours
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Mar 6, 2012 12:00pm PST
parties which is why you have republican candidates like mitt romney and newt gingrich and rick santorum being asked about rush's remarks, much bigger figures than these others. but it shouldn't just be less all the people on the left beat up on a conservative when he says that and vice versa when it's a liberal that talks his wr way into trouble. >> how does this end? >> reporter: it probably ends with rush limbaugh having his reputation a little battered but still on the air, and the democrats being handed pretty much of a presence here in which they can tie these remarks to radio talk show hosts to the republicans who are going to be running this forum. >> thank you. now this. >>> welcome back, i'm brooke baldwin. top of the hour. it is super tuesday, after all. republicans voting in ten states today. primary caucuses. we've got you covered. time to play reporter roulette political style. in ohio, big, big state for mitt romney and rick santorum. dana bash is there for us. dana, the race is down to the wire. >> down to the wire, and right now it is a dead heat in this very important s
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